Beeline Moto Review – Is This The Best Motorcycle Sat Nav?

  • By: Ancient Hippy
  • Date: 23/03/2022
  • Time to read: 8 min.

If you are on the hunt for the best motorcycle sat nav on the market you are going to want to read on to discover more about my Beeline Moto last summer which I purchased last summer and have been testing since then.

The Beeline Moto Navigation device takes a completely different approach to your traditional motorcycle sat nav. Beeline have designed a unique tool that’s simple to use, unobtrusive and at $210 or £149, a much more affordable option when compared to the market leaders Garmin or TomTom.

I purchased my Beeline Moto last summer for a road trip and you can read on to find out why I believe it’s the best motorcycle Sat Nav available today.

Premium Edition
Metal Edition Beeline Moto Navigation Device
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Metal Edition Beeline Moto Navigation Device
5.0
$280 or £199

This is the premium version with a gun metal grey finish. Ideal for those of us who ride retro or classic motorcycles.


This is the one I purchased so all images throughout my review show this version.


Order using the button below and get free shipping to both USA and UK plus they also throw in the Beeline Moto carry case as a bonus.

Pros:
  • Gun metal grey finish
  • Works anywhere in the world
  • No wiring required
  • 30 hour battery life
  • Fully shock and waterproof
  • Universal mounts included
  • Free Beeline carry case
Best Value
Metal Edition Beeline Moto Navigation Device
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Black Beeline Moto Navigation Device
4.5
$210 or £149

Beeline Moto in a black plastic finish. Comes with a variety of mounts to ensure it fits just about any motorcycle or scooter.


Order from Sports Bike Shop using the button below and get free shipping for both USA and UK

Pros:
  • Works anywhere in the world
  • No wiring required
  • 30 hour battery life
  • Fully shock and waterproof
  • Universal mounts included

Beeline Moto Review

How It Works

The Beeline Moto navigation device pairs with your smartphone and follows routes you plan using the free Beeline app. You can download it now from the App Store or Google Play (search for ‘Beeline bike navigation’) and have a mess around with it.

You will find the app far easier for planning a route than any sat nav you have previously used.

Because the Beeline Moto device is battery powered and connects to your phone via bluetooth there are no wires to connect to your bike and your phone can be safely tucked away in your inside pocket.

The Beeline app itself uses Google maps which means wherever Google has mapped the Beeline Moto will work, for free. No more having to pay for map updates 12 months after purchasing your sat nav.

You can also import GPX files into the app from Motorcycle Diaries and other sites.

Beeline Moto Navigation Options

Route Mode

The Beeline Moto Navigation unit is directly aimed at the motorcyclist who rides for pleasure. Unlike your regular motorcycle sat nav from Garmin or TomTom the Beeline Moto keeps it simple and clean.

The information supplied by the navigation device is kept to essential only which ensures it is low distraction.

You have an arrow pointing the way you need to go, a dot either side showing you the next turn direction, a countdown telling you when that next turn is and a journey progress showing you how far you have travelled and how far there is still to go.

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The Beeline Moto displays only what matters with no unnecessary distractions so you can remain focused on the road

Route mode is for when you need to get somewhere rather than just being out for a ride. It guides you turn by turn much like any other Sat Nav. It just does does it in a minimalist way.

Compass Mode

Where the Beeline Moto unit really shines though is its compass mode. When you ride for fun and enjoyment a big part of that buzz comes from the freedom we feel when we hit the road on two wheels.

Using compass mode the Beeline Moto navigation system allows me to keep that freedom while at the same time pointing me in the general direction of my final destination.

Heysham to Uig route set on Beeline Moto app
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Route mode
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Compass mode

The above images show a recent route I set up on the Beeline app for a motorcycle camping trip, the first is in route mode while the second is in compass mode.

Both are from Heysham port to the Uig ferry terminal but while the route mode works like traditional Sat Navs do and gives turn by turn directions, the compass mode simply points me in the general direction of my destination.

You can see from the images that I had set a couple of way points set up for potential campsites. As you would imagine, in compass mode the Beeline arrow points me to the first way point, then the second and then to Uig.

When riding in compass mode the Beeline device becomes an even simpler display. You just have the compass arrow that always points toward your destination (rather than North).

The ‘miles to go before the next turn’ is replaced with a total miles to go to your destination as the crow flies.

I can’t tell you why I enjoy riding on the compass mode so much, mainly because I’m not entirely sure of the reasons but I assume its a bit of everything listed below.

  • I only glance occasionally at the arrow just to ensure I’m still heading in the right direction. This means I get to enjoy my ride and the surroundings rather than constantly checking the device for my next turn.
  • When arriving at your destination it doesn’t feel like you’ve cheated, you’ve just had a bit of help.
  • The device doesn’t have to re-route every time you miss a turning which saves phone battery life. In fact, you can safely turn off your phone when using the compass setting because there’s no such thing as a ‘missed’ turn. Just take the next one that gets you pointing in the right direction.
  • If you find yourself veering off course but you’re enjoying the road you are on you can just turn off further on down the road.

Beeline Display

As well as the main display shown earlier, there’s other information available at the push of a button while you are on your trip.

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Battery level of both device and your phone
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How far to go and how far you’ve travelled
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Current time and how long you have been on the road

As well as the displays shown above there is also a speedometer which I imagine is for if you use it in the optional cycling mode.

Beeline Moto Vs Garmin or TomTom Sat Nav

The Beeline Moto shines as a navigation aid for road trips or for lazy Sunday rides but if you’re a motorcycle courier or similar then you are going to want to go with one of the motorcycle Sat Nav devices from the big 2 manufacturers.

Both the Garmin and TomTom motorcycle Sat Nav offerings give much more detail and include things like traffic updates, road works and speed camera locations, information that is going to be essential to you if time is of the essence.

  1. Garmin Zūmo XT Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device
    Garmin Zūmo XT Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device
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    $494.99

    5.5 inch ultrabright display but water resistant only, not waterproof.


    Gives live traffic and weather updates. Can give spoken directions if you have a compatible headset.


    £345 at Sports Bike Shop and includes free shipping.

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  2. TomTom Rider 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device
    TomTom Rider 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device
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    $399.99

    4.3 Inch screen, comes with world maps. Can highlight twisting roads for fun riding. Shows traffic hold-ups and speed cams.


    Under £300 at Sports Bike Shop

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If you ride for fun and enjoyment though then the Beeline Moto should be your first choice.

  • It looks great and is ideal for classics, retro’s and naked bikes
  • It is free to use anywhere in the world forever – never be asked to pay for maps again
  • It is IP67 rated 100% water and shock proof
  • You don’t have to wire it up to your bike – works straight out of the box
  • Has a cycle mode for those of you who do a bit of mountain biking

What’s in the Box

Beeline Moto unboxing
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As well as the actual device and charger I found a quick start guide, a thank you note and 2 mounting options that come as standard.

  • Beeline Moto unit
  • Charger
  • Modular mount
  • Sticky pad for modular mount
  • Allen key to adjust modular mount
  • Elastic strap mount
  • Elastic straps for above (comes with 3 sizes, 2 not shown in photo)
  • Quick start guide

Beeline Moto Mounting

Anyone else find motorcycle sat nav mounts ugly? The Beeline Moto solves this with their small universal elastic strap mount that can be discretely fixed to your handlebars.

Once attached to your bars you offer up the actual navigation device and it connects to the mount via a twist and turn that locks it into place. If you look at the image below of the reverse side you can see how it clicks onto the mount. It’s the same method regardless of which mount you use.

The device is easily removed so you can take it off and slip it in your pocket whenever you are leaving your motorcycle unattended.

I’ve included one of my watches in the photos for scale so you can see just how discrete the Beeline Moto is, actual width of the device is just 1 3/4 inches or 45mm.

Beeline handlebar mount
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Mount
Beeline Moto size
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Navigation device
The back of a Beeline Moto
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Reverse side
Beeline Moto mounted on my Triumph Bobber
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Here’s the Beeline Moto mounted to my Triumph Bobber

As well as the universal elastic strap and a sticky pad modular mount that comes in the box there are several other mounting options available as accessories including a bar clamp, a 1 inch gimbal adapter and a scooter mirror stalk clamp.

Premium Edition
Metal Edition Beeline Moto Navigation Device
  • Save
Metal Edition Beeline Moto Navigation Device
5.0
$280 or £199

This is the premium version with a gun metal grey finish. Ideal for those of us who ride retro or classic motorcycles.


This is the one I purchased so all images throughout my review show this version.


Order using the button below and get free shipping to both USA and UK plus they also throw in the Beeline Moto carry case as a bonus.

Pros:
  • Gun metal grey finish
  • Works anywhere in the world
  • No wiring required
  • 30 hour battery life
  • Fully shock and waterproof
  • Universal mounts included
  • Free Beeline carry case
Best Value
Metal Edition Beeline Moto Navigation Device
  • Save
Black Beeline Moto Navigation Device
4.5
$210 or £149

Beeline Moto in a black plastic finish. Comes with a variety of mounts to ensure it fits just about any motorcycle or scooter.


Order from Sports Bike Shop using the button below and get free shipping for both USA and UK

Pros:
  • Works anywhere in the world
  • No wiring required
  • 30 hour battery life
  • Fully shock and waterproof
  • Universal mounts included
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Get the free carry case when ordering the premium Beeline Moto thru the link above

Conclusion

I hope I’ve covered all the bases and helped you decide if the Beeline Moto is the right Sat Nav for you, or at least given you something to think about.

If I were to lose or break mine, I would definitely replace it before my next road trip and I guess that’s the best recommendation I can give it.

If you do decide to buy then the ‘order here’ links above come with free shipping for both the UK and the USA and if you purchase the gun metal premium edition they throw in the free carry case shown above that’s handy for storing both your device and the charger when you are off your bike.

Planning a motorcycle route | Beeline Moto app tutorial

Beeline Moto FAQ

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